SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 30, 2016
I’m in charge, not my nephew — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, debunked allegations that his nephew, Mamman Daura, was in charge of the affairs at the Presidency.
Buhari stated this in an interview with an on-air-presenter, Osasu Igbinedion, on her show, The Osasu show, which was monitored by our correspondent on the programme’s YouTube page. Read more
Let us see results, Obasanjo tells FG
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the Federal Government to ensure that the results of its development initiatives are felt by Nigerians.
Obasanjo, who was one of the keynote speakers at the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum, which held on Saturday in Lagos, commended the government for its programmes aimed at creating jobs and diversifying the economy. Read more
Jonathan probe: We won’t dictate to EFCC, DSS, says Osinbajo …says security agencies can probe, arrest anyone
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would not interfere in the work of security and anti-corruption agencies if they decided to move against former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Osinbajo, who said the current administration did not believe in arbitrary arrests, explained that the agencies of government were being empowered to do their jobs without undue interference. Read more
How Malami begged me to become SAN – Justice Ademola
Reasons for the rancorous relationship between Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, were revealed on Saturday.
According to some of the documents obtained by SUNDAY PUNCH, the turbulent relationship between the duo started in 2006. Read more
N’Delta leaders divided over demands from Buhari
There were sharp divisions among leaders of ethnic nationalities of the Niger Delta over the choice of representatives of the region for the scheduled meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday.
A prominent leader from the zone who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition fo anonymity on Saturday said while the leaders agreed to meet with the President to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the region, the various ethnic nationalities had yet to agree on who should be in the meeting. Read more
We’re not evading summons, Edo APC tells PDP
The All Progressives Congress in Edo State on Saturday faulted the Peoples Democratic Party’s claim that it was evading being served its election petition challenging the outcome of the September 28 governorship poll.
A leader of the party in Ed0-South senatorial district, Oteghe Adams, who stated this at a press briefing in Benin, described the claim as a mockery of proceedings in the state election petitions tribunal. Read more
Kaduna village elders condemn herdsmen attack
Elders from southern Kaduna have condemned Thursday evening’s attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in army uniforms on the people of Ungwar Missi village in Jema’ah Local Government Area, Kaduna State.
Among those killed by the suspected herdsmen were an 85-year-old district head of the village, John Zango, and an 80-year-old, Yakubu Abuja. Read more
Female suicide bombers attack IDP camp, NNPC station
The Nigerian Police on Saturday confirmed that nine persons were killed in two suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damien Chukwu, told journalists that the first incident occurred at the entrance to Bakassi Camp, a camp for Internally Displaced Persons, after the early morning Islamic prayer. Read more
Group petitions NAPTIP, seeks ban on Anambra beauty contest
A coalition of human rights lawyers, Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, has urged the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons to investigate a case of sexual exploitation and trafficking involving Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant.
The group made this request following an online circulation of a lesbian sex video involving the winner of the 2015 edition of the contest, Miss Chidinma Okeke. Read more
How Dogara blackmailed my colleagues to keep quiet — Jibrin
the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Saturday, alleged that his colleagues were blackmailed into keeping silent over the issue of budget padding currently rocking the lower chamber.
Jibrin said this in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH in Abuja, on Saturday. He spoke to commemorate the first 100 days of the crisis over the 2016 budget ,which earned him a 180-day suspension from the House of Representatives. Read more
Stop running to Buhari, Jimoh Ibrahim tells Mimiko
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, has asked Governor Olusegun Mimiko to stop seeking assistance from the Presidency over the removal of Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP candidate for the November 26 poll in the state.
Ibrahim said the President remained a law-abiding person and would not tamper with the decision of the court on the Ondo governorship poll. Read more
I bought two human heads for N10,000 — Herbalist
Three persons in possession of two human skulls have been arrested at a hideout in Ogbomoso by policemen from the Oyo State Police Command.
The state Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, said the arrest was made after the police received information from members of the public, who had raised the alarm that the suspects were dealing in human parts. Read more
Ritualists kill 12-year-old boy in Imo, remove vital organs
Dwellers of Umudike in Dikenafai community in Ideato South Council Area of Imo State are now living in fear following the killing of a 12-year-old boy by suspected ritualists.
The victim’s vital organs were also removed by his assailants. Read more
Nigeria among top 10 oil suppliers to US
NIgeria has become the ninth supplier of crude oil to the United States, from 15th and 12th positions in 2014 and 2015, respectively, according to the the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration has showed.
Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela are the top three sources of crude imports to the US, followed by Mexico, Colombia, Russia, Iraq, and Kuwait. Read more
FG to Establish Specialised Petroleum Force to Tackle Militancy
As part of its 2017 target to ensure zero militancy and drastic reduction of violence in the Niger Delta, which affect Nigeria’s oil production, the federal government has indicated that it would set up a specialised petroleum force, comprising coastal patrol teams, Niger Delta subsidiary police, and other paramilitary set-ups.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed this shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari launched his government’s policy document for the country’s oil and gas sector – the seven big wins in Abuja. Read more
Manufacturers return to black market for forex
The scarcity of foreign exchange from the official window has compelled some manufacturers to source funds from the black market in order to keep their business going.
In the coming months, affected manufacturing firms say consumers may have to pay about 100 per cent more than what they currently pay for locally manufactured products. Read more
Japanese firm expresses confidence in Nigerian economy
Suntory Beverage and Food has expressed confidence in the Nigerian economy. According to the firm, which recently began full operations in Nigeria following its acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s Lucozade and Ribena drinks, the investment in Nigeria will yield many positive results.
The Managing Director, Suntory Beverage and Food Nigeria, Chinedum Okereke, said at a press conference in Lagos to announce the company’s new acquisition, “This is a clear demonstration of Suntory’s confidence in the Nigerian economy. Read more
Group canvasses equal economic opportunity for all
V4C, a non governmental, nonprofit organisation has canvassed for equal economic opportunity across all gender, saying it is the only way to ensure a just society. The group spoke in Lagos, ahead of its conference tagged: “Men for 50/50.”
Speaking at the interactive session, Mr. Dennis Onoise, Output Lead/Key Influencer for V4C, said men have vital role to play to address the problem of gender inequality. “The role of men in the area of gender inequality can never be overemphasised, although most NGO’s are headed by women. But working together in one accord to resolve issues that relates to gender issues is very critical because we live our lives by societal details and gender roles can change because they are not constant,” he said. Read more
Early camping key to victory against Algeria, says Ekpo
Former Super Eagles Midfielder, Friday Ekpo, has advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure that the nation prepares well for the World Cup qualifier against the Algerians.
Nigeria currently tops Group B with three points and has the chance of going five points clear on the log above the Desert Foxes. The North Africans are rated best in Africa by FIFA. The tie fixed for November 12, will hold at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo. Read more
Sports ministry ‘lock up’ American coaches’ pay
There is trouble in the hearts of the American coaches and their Nigerian counterparts attached to Abuja High Performance Centre as salary stretching back to nine months have been left unpaid by the Sports Ministry.
It was gathered from one of the coaches that things have gone so bad with them, to the extent that one of them was recently evicted from his abode. Read more
Ranieri praises Musa for precious equaliser for Leicester
LEICESTER City boss Claudio Ranieri has praised Ahmed Musa for the way the Nigeria forward took his goal in the Foxes’ 1-1 Premier League draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Musa equalised for Leicester off a Jamie Vardy assist after Vincent Janssen had given Spurs the lead from the penalty spot. Read more
ALEX IWOBI: Okocha, dad, my guiding angels
ALEX Iwobi is only 20 and the world is already looking up for him. A starting shirt with English top side, Arsenal, to join the ‘big-boys’ league, Champions League, debut, a regular shirt in the ever competitive Nigerian senior side, Super Eagles, and scoring his first goal for fatherland, all within one year of breaking into the big league!
A cousin to mercurial midfielder and ex-Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Iwobi, 20, says his uncle deserves commendation for bringing out the best in him. Read more
Australia asylum: Arrivals by boat face lifetime visa ban
Australia has unveiled tough new plans to bar any asylum seekers who try to reach the country by boat from ever being able to enter the country.
The lifetime ban on visas would apply even to those travelling as tourists, for business, or who married an Australian. Read more
Homeless woman is attacked by an angry mob for standing guard over Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star with a ‘F*** Mexico’ sign
A homeless Donald Trump supporter fell over in an ugly confrontation with bystanders who harassed her for standing guard over his Hollywood Walk of Fame star with inflammatory signs.
In videos posted on social media, one man appeared to physically intimidate her, while others ripped up her signs, which criticized Obama and read ‘F*** Mexico’. Read more
Bankruptcy Leaves Cargo Ships and Crews Stranded
Korean based Hanjin was billions of dollars in debt when it filed for bankruptcy in August. CBC Reporter Greg Rasmussen reports that failure now has hundreds of ships, crew members and billions of dollars in cargo in search of ports. Read more
Clinton emails: FBI director ignored Attorney General’s advice not to ‘take action that could influence election’
FBI director James Comey reportedly ignored the advice of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who urged him not to thrust the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails back into headlines less than a fortnight from election day.
US Department of Justice officials, Democrats and even some Republicans were said to be aghast at the timing of the FBI’s announcement, on Friday, that it was reviewing a fresh cache of emails, which Mr Comey said may be “pertinent” to the investigation into Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Read more